Mental Health Affects All of Us
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and Creative Care welcomes the opportunity to share our expertise and experience in an effort to shine light on an issue that affects all of us. The CDC estimates 50% of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or mental health disorder in their lifetime. Furthermore, 1 in 5 suffer from a mental health difficulty in any given year. However, this past year has been especially difficult from a mental health standpoint. A survey revealed that more than 40% of respondents reported struggling with mental or behavioral health issues in 2020. This includes anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. National Mental Health Awareness Month is our chance to let these folks know that we see them and do so without judgment.
Ending the Stigma
The stigmas surrounding mental health are among the most significant barriers to treatment. These stigmas are based on negative and outdated stereotypes, and, like stereotypes, they overgeneralize. They attempt to place those suffering from mental health disorders into discrete, homogenous boxes, and then move those boxes out of sight. Furthermore, these stigmas can be social, institutional, or cultural – all of which can prevent treatment in their own ways. For example, because of existing stigmas, minorities are sometimes left to find mental health treatment and support alone. The stigmas can also prevent culturally congruent care.
Individuals with Unique Stories
Creative Care, on the other hand, sees each of these folks as an individual with unique stories, histories, needs, and dreams. One-size-fits-all approaches to mental health treatment are ineffective. Judgments, and the preconceived notions that come with them, lead to missed diagnoses and missed opportunities for healing. The Creative Care philosophy finds its center in unearthing and understanding the core of each of our clients’ experiences. It is with this individual approach that our clients are able to start connecting the dots and improving their lives.
Increasing the Awareness
One of the most effective ways to end the stigmas surrounding mental health disorders is to increase mental health literacy. This means increasing public knowledge of what mental health disorders are and how to recognize them, of their causes and risk factors, and of the professional help available for their treatment. Know the warning signs. These include feeling sad or down, especially for extended periods, excessive worry or fear, inability to focus or concentrate, withdrawal from activities and social isolation, and extreme mood changes. If your loved one is exhibiting some of these signs, have an open and honest conversation with them, free of judgment. Let them know they’re not alone and that there are professionals available to get to the root of their problems and show them a new way of living.
Innovative, Creative Care
Since 1989, we have helped hundreds of men and women overcome their mental health difficulties with cutting-edge, compassionate care. Creative Care coordinates our services to treat each client holistically from admissions to aftercare. Those services may include:
- Individual and group counseling
- Family or couples therapy
- Art therapy
- Nutrition group
- Equine group
- Yoga and other relaxation therapy
We work as a team to help you manage your symptoms and live a new life of happiness and fulfillment. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, start the recovery process today by calling Creative Care at 855-954-0762.